Smart Bed Shaker

We have those bed shakers right? They go under our mattress or pillow, plug it into our typical Deaf Notification systems, and they shake to wake us up when the alarm clock goes off. They do their job pretty well! They also can shake when other notifications occur from the system. They however have a limited amount of notifications. Typically they are:

  • Alarm clock
  • Phone ringing
  • Doorbell
  • Fire Alarm

There are a few variety of those systems with varying possible notifications but they typically are those listed above, and not many more.

What if you plug a bed shaker to a smart home plug? Suddenly, you go up from maybe 4 possible notifications to hundreds! Some ideas:

  • Shake the bed if someone opened the front/back door in the middle of the night
  • Shake the bed if there’s a water leak somewhere
  • Shake the bed if someone entered your garage
  • Shake the bed if your kids turned on the TV in the middle of the night

Rather than notifications, you could activate the bed shakers for other reasons! How about this: you have 3 kids. It’s a Saturday morning, all your kids are still sleeping in. It’s 9am. You have breakfast almost ready and they need to wake up now. Do a triple tap on a smart wall switch such as your Inovelli smart switch, that turns on all 3 bed shakers and wake them all up.

Or how about this? Sometimes bed shakers feels like it’s shaking the bed, forcing you to wake up so fast, it feels harsh. Similar to my previous discussion about smart lights that can slowly fade on over maybe 10 minutes to gently wake you up, you can have a bed shaker gently wake you up. Yes you can do that! You could set it to vibrate for 1 second, and quickly stop. Wait a little bit, then buzz again, again just for a short time, and stop. Repeat for a while and if you do not wake up, it then goes hard. This way, if you wake up during the slow phase, you can turn it off and wake up much easier!

The possibilities are now endless for you!

Typically, bed shakers come with 12v plugs. If you have a 120v plug, you’re set. If yours are a 12v, you will need a 120v-12v adapter to make it work.

Products shown: Wemo Smart Plug and a bed shaker.

Published by Ross LaVallee

Deaf, smart home enthusiast. Plays around with smart home technology to see how much can be squeezed out of it to benefit the Deaf / Hard of Hearing community for accessibility uses.

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